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TOEFL(IBT) 110 without preparation- Useful Tip [#permalink]
14 Oct 2013, 10:19
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Just received my TOEFL IBT score. I got a 110 with the following Breakup: Reading 28, Listening 29, Speaking 27, Writing 26.
A useful tip (at least it worked for me) : If possible attempt TOEFL just after you take GMAT/ GRE. With a rigorous preparation for these exams, TOEFL will be a cake-walk. In fact I had no idea about the structure of TOEFL a few hours before I gave TOEFL. I did my preparation on my way to the exam center by reading a few things on my phone i.e. which section comes first etc.
EXAM Time I found that the reading comprehension passages were very lengthy but with more than 15 minutes in hand I decided to skim the entire passage first. Skimming made it very easy for me to answer the questions. In the listening section I made short notes and thus forced myself to concentrate more.
After these two sections I was dead tired and was surprised and also relieved to get a 10 min break. Ya, I had just no idea that you get breaks in between and that's why I carried nothing to eat. This was a huge mistake as I only had a light breakfast and I was exhausted by the end of the test.
Next was the speaking section and I knew that I needed to put my maximum efforts here because you do need a good preparation to understand the material and compile a response in 15-20 secs and then deliver a convincing response in exactly 45 secs. I quickly made a strategy that I will try to back my response with a data or an example. After concentrating really hard in the speaking section, my mind gave up on the writing section. I took rest for 10 minutes and then attempted the prompts. Writing section was again very easy. But I was so tired by the end of the test that I could only give an average response.
Again, I give all my credit for a decent TOEFL attempt to my GMAT as it prepared me to think super quickly. I feel good about my score. But certainly had I eaten something, I would have had an even more enjoyable experience at the test centre.